Monday, May 7, 2012

Smoothie Popsicles and Remote Control Balloons

I love smoothies and I love popsicles.  Seems like a good idea then to make smoothie popsicles!

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

Mix about 2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt with 1 cup chopped strawberries.  Spoon into Popsicle molds or Dixie cups.  Cover each mold with a small piece of aluminum foil.  Take a small, sharp paring knife and carefully make a small slit into each mold’s foil “lid.”  Poke a small pretzel rod into each hold for a stick, making sure the rod is inserted deep enough to hold up the popsicle later (about halfway).  Freeze about four hours.  Remove foil and carefully unmold each Popsicle. 

While you enjoy your Popsicle, you can also try this easy science experiment.

Static Electricity Can Roll

What You Need
A balloon (blown up)
An empty soda can
Your hair

What To Do
Put the can on its side on a flat surface.  Rub the balloon on your hair really fast.  Now hold the balloon close to the can without actually touching it.  The can will start to roll towards the balloon without you even touching it.

What’s Going On?
When you rub the balloon through your hair, electrons (with a negative charge) build up on the surface of the balloon.  This is called static electricity, which means “non-moving electricity.”  The electrons have the power to pull very light objects (with a positive charge) toward them…like the soda can.

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